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Award-winning Culinary Experts on the Line-up for the GTBank Food and Drink Festival Masterclass



Three (3) Masterclass facilitators for the 4-day GTBank Food and Drink Festival have been announced. On the A-list line up are The Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, The Chef’s Chef, Philip Howard, and Award-winning, Food Stylist and Photographer, Melina Hammer.

More facilitators will be announced as the countdown to the Biggest food exhibition and sales event in Africa continues.

Philip Howard

Philip Howard, also known as the “Chef’s Chef”, is one of Britain’s most celebrated culinary experts. The reputation for Phil’s cooking has been forged through the delivery of pleasure through harmony of flavour rather than technical wizardry or innovation.

In 1991, Phil opened The Square restaurant, with Nigel Platts-Martin, which remained at the helm for 25 years. His food enjoyed great critical acclaim, earning him two Michelin stars that he held for 17 years.  Phil’s new restaurant in London, Elystan Street, has received several awards including a Michelin Star in its first year. To attend Phil’s Masterclass on building and maintaining a World Class Restaurant, click here.

Jeff Mauro

Jeff Mauro is the host of the Emmy-nominated series, Sandwich King and co-host of the four-time Emmy-nominated show, The Kitchen. A renowned chef and performance artist, Jeff was named the winner of Season 7 of the reality TV series, Food Network Star.

Jeff has come a long way since graduating as Valedictorian from the prestigious culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu. He is a proud partner and executive chef of Pork & Mindy’s restaurants and retail line of sauces, meats. Jeff has also been a guest co-host of The Today Show and has featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Chopped, among many others.

To register for Jeff’s Masterclass on Making The Ultimate Sandwich, click here

Melina Hammer

Melina Hammer is a renowned photographer and food stylist with over a decade of experience in delivering some of the most exciting pictorial depictions of food.  She has styled food for notable publications like The New York Times, Eating Well Magazine, amongst others.

When she isn’t cooking up a storm or capturing it through the lens of her camera, she is headlining food styling and photography workshops at the New York-based International Culinary Center (formerly French Culinary Institute) or the US Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics conference, and so on. Melina is also a bestselling author and a recipient of the prestigious, International Association for Culinary Professionals, (IACP) Award

To attend Melina’s Masterclass at on Telling your Story Through Food, click here.

Health and Food

Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)



Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.


2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)



Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.

The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.

Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.

The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride,  wore a lovely white gown.

Read Also:Actor Williams Uchemba Set To Walk Down The Aisle With Mystery Woman

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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba



Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.

Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.

Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.

The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.


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